The premise of Woodson’s 1933 book is that African-Americans of his day were being culturally indoctrinated, rather than taught, in American schools. This conditioning, he claimed, caused African-Americans to become dependent and to seek inferior positions in the greater society of which they are a part. He challenges his readers to “do for themselves,” regardless of what they were taught.
Woodson wrote: “History shows that it does not matter who is in power or what revolutionary forces take over the government, those who have not learned to do for themselves and have to depend solely on others never obtain any more rights or privileges in the end than they had in the beginning.”
Through his life of passion, commitment and struggle, Malcolm X became one of the most influential figures of the 20th Century. In this riveting account, he tells of his journey from an American prison cell to Mecca in Saudi Arabia, while also describing his transition from hoodlum to Muslim minister. An established classic of modern America, “The Autobiography of Malcolm X” is still extraordinary and important, and has transformed Malcolm’s life into his legacy. The strength of his words and the power of his ideas continue to resonate more than a generation after they first appeared.